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Peter O’Mahony: Munster leaders must stand up and be counted during critical spell

As Munster’s well-established captain and one of the most respected players in the game, Peter O’Mahony appreciates more than anyone the critical position in which Munster now find themselves.

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Age no barrier for Peter Stringer as his team prepares for Connacht

Former Irish scrum-half Peter Stringer said he feels as fit now as he did 10 or 15 years ago and is determined to keep on playing as long as he has the opportunity.

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Norita Duggan hits out at IRFU’s approach to women’s game

Norita Duggan, a top club rugby coach, has expressed serious criticism of the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) after its latest edict on how to approach the development of the women’s game in Ireland.

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Ulster boss Jono Gibbes wary of La Rochelle ‘X-factor’

Ulster’s head coach Jono Gibbes knows all too well what lies in store for his side when they travel to face the ebullient La Rochelle outfit in the second stanza of Champion Cup action on Sunday.

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Jack Conan’s pride and joy playing for Leinster

Montpellier’s billionaire owner Mohed Altrad hoped his expensively assembled team would send a message to the rest of European rugby on Saturday in the RDS.

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Erasmus warns a repeat of Castres will mean no points for Munster

Rassie Erasmus last night laid the significance of Saturday’s European Champions Cup clash of Munster and Racing 92 at Thomond Park firmly on the line.

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Simon Zebo: Munster ‘crème de la crème’ of club rugby

Simon Zebo has described Munster as the “crème de la crème” of club rugby as speculation continues over his future.

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Warren Gatland: 'I don’t know what planet Sean O’Brien is on'

It has been almost a month since Seán O’Brien questioned Warren Gatland and his coaches for their handling of the Lions’ drawn series with the All Blacks this summer, but the tour’s head coach has finally come out swinging with his case for the defence.

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Billy Holland: We must heed French lesson

Billy Holland knows Munster will need to take heed of the French lessons learned in Castres two days ago as they look ahead to another, tougher, Gallic test on Saturday.

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Warren Gatland ‘done’ with the Lions

Warren Gatland has declared he is “done” with coaching the Lions after a tour to New Zealand this summer which he said he hated.

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Munster confident Thomond Park will be ready for Racing visit

Munster Rugby is confident Thomond Park will be ready to stage Saturday’s Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 after the stadium came through Hurricane Ophelia unscathed yesterday.

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Rhys Webb could pay as Wales alter selection policy

Rhys Webb could become the first high-profile casualty of Wales’ new senior player selection policy, with Wales head coach Warren Gatland admitting he feels for his star scrum-half, who has agreed to join big-spending French club Toulon next season.

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Leinster winger Barry Daly not trying to prove anyone wrong

Barry Daly insists he's not out to prove anyone wrong after finally hitting the big time with Leinster.

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